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How can I clean an infected eye?

How can I clean an infected eye?

See your doctor: If you suspect an eye infection you should see an eye doctor. Some eye infections do not require treatment whereas others can threaten your vision without treatment. Only your eye doctor can determine the type of infection and the best course of action. Self medicating is generally a bad idea, you can use artificial tears (not visine) for comfort. ...Read more

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Wound Infection (Definition)

A condition in which bacteria enters a part of the body where ...Read more


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How can you treat an infected cut at home?

How can you treat an infected cut at home?

Infected/inflammed: Red, hot, swollen and drainage (inflammation) are normal signs of healing and in fact, not bad but are integral to healing. If infected, the wound should not improve, the patient have fevers, chills, and other systemic signs of infection. Culture of the wound should never be with a swab on the surface but a simple tissue biopsy. Routine use of antibiotics is to be condemned due to the risks. ...Read more

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How can I heal an infected piercing?

How can I heal an infected piercing?

Infected piercing: Check for signs of infection to include: ^'ed redness, warmth, swelling. ^'ed tenderness, pus, red streaking, swollen lymph nodes or fever. Recommend keeping the piercing in place unless directed by your doctor (if removed – the drainage tract will close up with increased chance for abscess formation). Apply antibiotic to the piercing site twice a day. all your physician for medical evaluation. ...Read more

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How can I heal an infected hangnail?

How can I heal an infected hangnail?

A Paronychia: is an infection that runs up the edge of a nail. The nail can be soaked with 50/50 warm water & antibacterial soap 3 to 4 x /day. If an abscess forms your physician may need to do an incision & drainage. ...Read more

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How to get an infected appendix?

How to get an infected appendix?

Obstruction: Appendicitis is caused by obstruction of the appendiceal lumen. Obstruction is believed to cause an increase in pressure within the lumen. Such an increase is related to continuous secretion of fluids and mucus from the mucosa and stagnation of this material. At the same time, intestinal bacteria within the appendix multiply ...Read more

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How to clean a bad cut without opening it?

How to clean a bad cut without opening it?

Bad Cut?: Do you need wound care or tetanus shot from a medical facility. If wound is "dirty" the material must be cleaned out. ...Read more

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How can I heal an infected burn?

How can I heal an infected burn?

Simple Care best: The real question is what not to do that slows down healing. Avoid using alcohol, peroxide, hibiclens, betadine, and bleach solutions. Inflammation ( red, hot, swollen, tender) is important to healing so anti-inflammatories (motrin, advil) are bad. Cover the area with a clean dressing changed every other day and protected from trauma. Antibiotics do not help healing unless it is truly infected. ...Read more

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How to treat an abrasion/scrape? Leave it open or bandaged up?

How to treat an abrasion/scrape? Leave it open or bandaged up?

See below: Wash it with soap and water. If it bled it would be best to use a sterile bandage for a few days. If only a non bleeding abrasion no bandage would be needed. ...Read more

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How can I treat an infected wound?

How can I treat an infected wound?

Basic care: The real question is what not to do that slows down healing. Avoid using alcohol, peroxide, hibiclens, betadine, and bleach solutions. Inflammation ( red, hot, swollen, tender) is important to healing so anti-inflammatories (motrin, advil) are bad. Cover the area with a clean dressing changed every other day and protected from trauma. Antibiotics do not help healing unless it is truly infected. ...Read more

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How to remove abscess packing and clean wound?

How to remove abscess packing and clean wound?

Simple and easy: You should have received instructions and dressings but some simple rules are expect some pain and bleeding in the early stages of healing when removing packing. Removing the packing helps remove some of the "bad" stuff. Cleanse gently with saline or wound cleanser to minimize damage to healing tissues. Repack loosely to minimize further damage to the wound and keep it covered and protected. ...Read more

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Hi, how to clean a stitched/glued area?

Hi, how to clean a stitched/glued area?

Depends: Your doc should have provided you with instructions on how to take care of it. The problem is that it depends on the location of the wound, the type of wound and the type of repair done. Normally, there is a period after repair that the wound needs to stay dry and covered. After that exposure to water is recommended but when, again depends on the wound, location and type of repair. ...Read more

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Will an infected wound close or will it stay open?

Will an infected wound close or will it stay open?

1+1=2: Infections is a detrimental process. Wound healing is a very complicated process which normally occurs in healthy (and unhealthy) people. Infections cause many problems in healing and so an infected wound will not heal until the infection is addressed and treated and resolves. The opposite is true also. If a wound is healing, then one thing is certain, it is not currently infected. ...Read more

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What is the best way to clean an infected scab?

What is the best way to clean an infected scab?

Water: Avoid peroxide. Avoid Bacitracin or neosporin. These are useless, irritating, sensitizing, and should not be used on wounds. Is it really infected.? If it is you ought to see a dr. Many wounds are red as part of normal healing. If it is very painful, pussy, bloody, see a dr. Many wounds heal best if left open and lubricated with vaseline or aquaphor. ...Read more

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How to tell if a cut is infected?

Red? Swollen?: Pus ? Increased tenderness? Red streaks? Fever? If you believe that you have an infection please seek medical evaluation. Take care. ...Read more

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How does HIV transmit via cut? How fresh does the cut have to be? Will an abrasion be a big enough cut?

How does HIV transmit via cut? How fresh does the cut have to be? Will an abrasion be a big enough cut?

HIV Transmission: Only specific fluids (blood, semen, vaginal secretions, and breast milk) from an hiv-infected person can transmit hiv. These specific fluids must come in contact with a mucous membrane or damaged tissue or be directly injected into the blood-stream (from a needle or syringe) for transmission to possibly occur. ...Read more

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How to keep guages clean and not infected ?

How to keep guages clean and not infected ?

Ear Piercing: You can use Ear Care solution which is an antiseptic solution for the care and cleaning of pierced ears. ...Read more

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How can I treat an infected piercing?

How can I treat an infected piercing?

See below: 1. Remove the piercing 2. Clean the area with soap, water, and rubbing alcohol 3. Dry the area gently 4. Cover it 5. No need for antibiotic creams 6. If not improving in 24-36 hrs, see your doctor for evaluation and antibiotics. ...Read more

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How can you clean a cut on your vagina?

How can you clean a cut on your vagina?

Depends: If small, hydrogen peroxide followed by triple antibiotic ointment should suffice. If large or deep, one should see a physician. Watch for classic signs of infection including heat, redness, increased pain, pus or continued swelling. ...Read more

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What is the best way to clean an open wound?

What is the best way to clean an open wound?

Depends on setting: This all depends on your setting. At home, copious amounts of clean water flushed through or past or over the wound is best. Do not use toxic agents such as hydrogen peroxide, rubbing alcohol, bleach or acetic acid. ...Read more

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How can you treat an infected cut at home?

Infected/inflammed: Red, hot, swollen and drainage (inflammation) are normal signs of healing and in fact, not bad but are integral to healing. If infected, the wound should not improve, the patient have fevers, chills, and other systemic signs of infection. Culture of the wound should never be with a swab on the surface but a simple tissue biopsy. Routine use of antibiotics is to be condemned due to the risks. ...Read more